To join you need a passion for motorsport in general, a level head, a serious concern for safety (your own as well as others), be physically active, and able to work as a team member.
You do not need experience as your training and grading will be given in accordance with the guide lines set out by MSA, the controlling body for motorsport in South Africa. You will gain experience through practical and theoretical training.
Marshalling has various sections including Flag, Fire, Pits and Incident.
As a Flag Marshal, you are the only communication available with the competitors using your flags to convey a dangerous situation, changes in track surface, faster competitors wanting to pass, slower and service vehicles on the track ahead and whether a race has been stopped. You will have to be able to “read” a race, and based on this predict what is about to happen and take decisions to be able to effectively provide the correct information to the competitors.
As a Fire Marshal, you are going to have to extinguish fires in or around vehicles, be able to extricate drivers or riders from their vehicles, possibly deal with injury, and primarily ensure the safety of all involved in an incident. This may include moving vehicles to safer positions while racing continues and are normally involved in the more serious incidents. This is a position attained by training and experience.
As a Pit Marshal, your duties will include crowd management and control, organising competitors to get ready for their race, paddock control as well as the normal safety applied to all marshalling positions.
As an Incident Marshal, you are the first on the scene at all incidents and will have to identify changes in track surfaces, clear oil or debris from the circuit, assist drivers or riders at an incident,